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    I'm enjoying the Brewista as well

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    I would be interested in comparing Brewista and Acaia for myself. I've obviously read comparisons online, but would be interesting to see it all first hand. As far as the operation of my Acaia, it's been absolutely faultless and foolproof. Just the change of screws is the only issue.

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    Acacia scales looks amazing but the prices are high. Can anyone recommend a supplier with decent prices?

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    The scales do seem expensive compared with the Brewista II now. And a possible newy from DE. Especially if you don't need/want the Bluetooth+App features.

    Curious to hear about the Acaia scales and how well the app is going... Seen some grumblings on HB (I think it was HB) about the app.
    Haven't read further about that yet.

    Lunar seems to survive a big stress test in the video below :-)

    Then also in Acaia's favour is the custom trays to fit the espresso machines. Specht Design and Panthechnicon Design making special tray integration for the Acaia Lunar - integrating in to Linea Mini and GS/3 drip trays.


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    Quote Originally Posted by coffe4me2 View Post
    Acacia scales looks amazing but the prices are high. Can anyone recommend a supplier with decent prices?
    In Sydney, Pablo and Rusty's sell them for $299. Call a sponsor and ask for a price match?
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    Which Acaia scales?

    Quote Originally Posted by matth3wh View Post
    The scales do seem expensive compared with the Brewista II now. And a possible newy from DE. Especially if you don't need/want the Bluetooth+App features.

    Curious to hear about the Acaia scales and how well the app is going... Seen some grumblings on HB (I think it was HB) about the app.
    Haven't read further about that yet.

    Lunar seems to survive a big stress test in the video below :-)

    Then also in Acaia's favour is the custom trays to fit the espresso machines. Specht Design and Panthechnicon Design making special tray integration for the Acaia Lunar - integrating in to Linea Mini and GS/3 drip trays.

    Their sturdiness is the biggest selling point for me. You can't accidentally load them unevenly (unless the surface is uneven).

    I don't use the app, and I didn't buy for the app, but a recent discussion that I read on Barista Hustle (might've been the same one) has got me thinking about actually using it. I've used the app mostly for "remote scale" when I have something on the scale (eg a tray of green/roasted beans) that obscures the display.

    I'm thinking about hooking it up to artisan to automatically record my roasting weights.


    The Lunar has proven reliable. And with no revisions (just firmware updates and a new accessory) it is evidently a very well researched and implemented product. The battery lasts me about 2-3 months in a domestic environment.
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    Which Acaia scales?

    Hmmm. I tempted to get one myself Al, but like you, I have no interest in the App. I just love the all glass design and the look of them.
    Cheers, Paul

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    Quote Originally Posted by K_Bean_Coffee View Post
    Hmmm. I tempted to get one myself Al, but like you, I have no interest in the App. I just love the all glass design and the look of them.
    Cheers, Paul
    Aside from plunger, I don't do manual brews (that is didn't, as of my next coffee I do..) so haven't really felt the desire to use the app - but I can get why pour over would benefit from a graph.

    I've seen Magic_Matt use his with his Trinity One, but we were in a rush so I didn't ask if he ever used the app or not. My hunch is it'd be handy for trinity one when doing some sort of restricted drip method (hot or cold) where you want to see your rate of flow.

    I've also used my scale to graph my flow rate through my espresso machine, so I know the water debit. Also would be good for quantifying ristrettos.

    But the biggest issue is for your average coffee drinker (me) that kind of data is interesting, but ultimately unnecessary. For dudes like yourself who have a bunch of machines on bench, it gets much more interesting...
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    Thanks for all the ideas. I only need to weigh my PF and grounds so it's overkill. I just like the look of the glass finish. I would never use the smarts / ap function so a $10 scale from Target would be more sensible but not as good looking
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    Quote Originally Posted by coffe4me2 View Post
    Thanks for all the ideas. I only need to weigh my PF and grounds so it's overkill. I just like the look of the glass finish. I would never use the smarts / ap function so a $10 scale from Target would be more sensible but not as good looking
    That's what I used for a year. It's all good.

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    If anyone is using the app tracking espresso flowrate, I'd be really interested in the data.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrJack View Post
    If anyone is using the app tracking espresso flowrate, I'd be really interested in the data.
    I'm not - but I might start. Interesting idea.
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    Question - when people talk about the app, which one are they referring to?

    I've been using Brewmaster for tracking manual brews, and planning on using it for espresso. But I gather the Acaia app can do much the same thing..?

    Trying to work out how to share data atm - sending to linked Facebook or twitter accounts fails, and the 'save' option doesn't appear to do anything at all.

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    I use brewmaster. Acaia app is like brewmaster lite I think. I save the graph to my (iPhone) camera log. You click the down arrow into the box icon, then click "post". It's not intuitive. Sharing to FB or Twitter, you set up those accounts in your settings first.
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    Quote Originally Posted by readeral View Post
    I use brewmaster. Acaia app is like brewmaster lite I think. I save the graph to my (iPhone) camera log. You click the down arrow into the box icon, then click "post". It's not intuitive. Sharing to FB or Twitter, you set up those accounts in your settings first.
    Ah, didn't think to check my photo roll - based on the copy ("shared" I think) I assumed it meant it was posted to a visible feed somewhere in the app. How annoying - no direct share link!

    Yep, have set up accounts - deleted and set up from scratch - still fails!

    This is why I make a good test manager and auditor - I always somehow find the weird set of circumstances that makes things break

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    Another question - is anyone using the drip tray base for the Acaia Lunar? Since swapping out the cromo steel bolts for SS (thanks @bombora!), I haven't felt it's really necessary but do swap from bench to driptray to T1 often, and wonder whether the base would be quicker and easier to wipe down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Magic_Matt View Post
    Another question - is anyone using the drip tray base for the Acaia Lunar? Since swapping out the cromo steel bolts for SS (thanks @bombora!), I haven't felt it's really necessary but do swap from bench to driptray to T1 often, and wonder whether the base would be quicker and easier to wipe down.
    I wondered about that, more for steam ingress when purging rather than ease of wiping - but TBH the Acaia accessories are excessively expensive for what they offer over and above the scale. It's pretty annoying.

    I'd prefer buy an Acaia Pearl than spend the equivalent on all the lunar accessories.
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    Quote Originally Posted by readeral View Post
    I use brewmaster. Acaia app is like brewmaster lite I think. I save the graph to my (iPhone) camera log. You click the down arrow into the box icon, then click "post". It's not intuitive. Sharing to FB or Twitter, you set up those accounts in your settings first.
    You mean that only an image can be saved, not the underlying data?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrJack View Post
    You mean that only an image can be saved, not the underlying data?
    That's all I've found to be the case
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    That's pretty stupid!

    Maybe there's an opening in the market for an app with better share options and some smarts allowing users to compare and analyse extractions.
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    It is certainly short sighted.

    I expect the Decent Espresso scale and flowmeter app will not suffer such shortcomings!
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    I use lunar for espresso and love it
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    Quote Originally Posted by Magic_Matt View Post
    That's pretty stupid!

    Maybe there's an opening in the market for an app with better share options and some smarts allowing users to compare and analyse extractions.
    Acaia have confirmed it is not existing functionality, but they are working on it.
    https://twitter.com/AcaiaCoffee/stat...45561710120961

    In the meantime, you could use WebPlotDigitizer - Extract data from plots, images, and maps
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    Behmor Brazen - $249 - Free Freight
    Good detective work @MrJack

    @readeral I'm actually contemplating a set of Pearl scales to live permanently under the T1...

    Bit of a pain constantly moving the Lunars around and the stack height is quite low so it limits the vessels you can use quite severely having them on top. Plus it's generally impossible to read the Lunar display with a vessel other than a small mug on top.

    Then again, maybe I'll wait for the Decent scales to come out. Kinda feel like as great as Acaia are, if you're just linking them up via Bluetooth and keeping them hidden it's a bit of wasted money on that lovely industrial design...

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